Former Members




House Officer, Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Email: azamt@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-647-7321



Tariq worked with Teach for America in Chicago, teaching high school science for two years prior to starting medical school at The Ohio State University. After graduation, he completed Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he was Chief Resident.

He moved to the University of Michigan for his Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship in 2019, with a research and clinical interest in Cardio-Oncology. He spends his free time with his wife and son as well as enjoying tabletop games and video games.

Find Tariq's publications on ORCID or Google Scholar.

In 2022, Tariq accepted an attending Cardiologist position at North Shore University in Chicago.



House Officer, Internal Medicine

Email: shusam@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-845-5290


Husam grew up abroad in Qatar and moved to the United States to pursue higher education. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology with departmental honors from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2015. He received his MD from Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine, and then completed his residency in the Internal Medicine department at the University of Michigan. He hoped to pursue a fellowship in cardiology and has a strong passion for academic medicine and education.

In his free time, he enjoys travelling to new places, working out and spending time with his wife, Ayah. He loves to explore different foods but struggles with cooking - working on it!

In 2022, Sam



House Officer, Internal Medicine

Email: mipan@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-936-5582


Michael grew up in San Diego, California. He received his bachelor's degree in Neurobiology at University of California, Berkeley in 2012. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University in 2019. He is currently a second year resident in the Internal Medicine program at University of Michigan. He plans on pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology after residency.

Whenever he has a chance, Michael enjoys traveling, practicing the piano (especially Chopin and Liszt!), learning Spanish and Chinese, and working out.

Michael is working to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Michigan and continues to assist the Hayek lab in completing manuscripts on several different projects.




Media Assistant

Undergraduate student, class of 2023

Email: shaheash@umich.edu



Easheta is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Sciences with a minor in Moral and Political Philosophy. With interests in both microbiology and journalism, she is passionate about reaching health populations through writing. She plans to attend graduate school after her time at Michigan, hoping to pursue a career in health policy.

In addition to working in the Hayek Lab, she is continuing her UROP research on COVID-19 bioinformatics with Dr. Yongqun He at Michigan Medicine Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics working to bridge the mechanistic gap between SARS-CoV-2 infection and Acute Kidney Injury via ontology modeling.

In her free time, Easheta enjoys working out, hiking, listening to music, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. She loves to explore national parks, and the park in Banff, Alberta is next on her list.

In 2022, Easheta realized her passion lay in epidemiology and her goals changed to focus more on the research than the reporting. Easheta continues to study public health and write for the Michigan Daily.



Research Technician Intermediate

Email: cmlauniu@med.umich.edu



Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Chris received his bachelor's degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University. He then worked in the University of Michigan Central Biorepository, before moving to Chicago and working in the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine's Alzheimer's Laboratory. Chris enjoys observing and learning about the intricacies of cells and biological molecules, and how they can be advantageously used to improve clinical outcomes.

In his free time, Chris enjoys barbequing, mountain biking, reading, and watching the Wolverines, Eagles, and Lions football teams.


In 2022, Chris transitioned to a Study Coordinator role in the Schuler lab at the University of Michigan.



UROP student

Undergraduate student, class of 2025

Email: rochlen@umich.edu


Matthew was with the Hayek lab as a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Literature, Science and the Arts, intending to major in neuroscience. He joined the Hayek Lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), where he completed his project on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cardiovascular Disease Complications.

Matthew enjoys being outside, going on hikes, and taking walks with his dog.

Matthew will graduate from the University of Michigan in the class of 2025 and hopes to become a physician.



Medical Student, class of 2021

Email: hpber@med.umich.edu



Hanna was born and raised in Michigan. She earned her bachelors in science at the University of Michigan. She then worked as a medical assistant at a pediatrics office before attending medical school at the University of Michigan. She is enjoying learning the process of conducting large data collection projects and applying the results to clinical decision-making.

Outside of school, Hanna enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, doing yoga, and competing in triathlons.


In 2021, Hanna began her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine.



Research Associate, Cardiovascular Medicine

Email: pyzhao@umich.edu




Peiyao received her Bachelor's degree in Statistics in Xi'an Jiaotong University in China in 2019. Peiyao joined the lab as a student in Biostatistics of Public Health in the University of Michigan. She was amazed by how biostatistics can help with human disease, and she is hoping to make her own contribution in the future.

Beyond biostatistics, Peiyao enjoys swimming, running, and hanging out with friends. She's also a fan of jazz music and drama.

In 2021, Paiyao began a research project in the Biostatistics Department of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.



House Officer, Internal Medicine

Email: choeger@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-845-5290




Chris received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and his medical degree from Columbia University in 2017. Chris joined the Hayek lab with hopes of continuing his training in academic cardiology, pursuing research in cardiac risk prediction, particularly in cancer patients, and research on outcomes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys playing the cello (especially chamber music), travel, cooking, and skiing.

In 2020, Chris moved on to a Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University.



Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2021

Undergraduate student, class of 2022




Iman is an undergraduate student at University of California, Los Angeles studying Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. At UCLA, she does research in microbiology and tutors K-12 students in the bay area. Iman joined the Hayek Lab as part of the FCVC SURF fellowship for the summer of 2021.

In her free time, Iman enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

After finishing her Bachelor's at UCLA, Iman plans on applying to medical school.



Internal Medicine Resident

Email: Rafey.Feroze@UHhospitals.org




Under the supervision of Dr. Hayek, Rafey researched the use of suPAR among patients undergoing evaluation for coronary artery disease and how it may be used in conjunction with myocardial perfusion imaging to improve risk stratification. He also contributed to the development of a comprehensive COVID-19 database to elucidate outcomes of COVID-19-associated hospitalization across various patient groups.

After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan in 2021, Rafey started his Cardiology fellowship at University Hospitals/CRWU in Cleveland, hoping to pursue interventional cardiology and cardiac critical care. He plans to continue his interests in cardiovascular research with a focus on biomarkers and outcomes associated with coronary ischemia.



House Officer, Internal Medicine

Email: melochec@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-844-5400




Chelsea was born and raised in West Michigan alongside Lake Michigan. She is a first-generation college student and began her higher education at a local community college. She then transitioned to Grand Valley State University to received her BS in Biomedical Sciences. She obtained her Medical Degree at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. While there, she gained a certificate in Leadership in Rural Medicine Physicians Program as she completed her training with additional education in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along Lake Superior. She has a strong passion for academic medicine and research.

She worked with the Hayek lab while she was an Internal Medicine resident at the University of Michigan .

After completing her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan in 2022, Chelsea began her Cardiology fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, TX.



House Officer, Internal Medicine

Email: kpadalia@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-936-5582


Kishan grew up in Sarasota, Florida. He received his dual BS/BA in Philosophy, Molecular Biology, and History and Philosophy of Science from University of Pittsburgh in 2015. He received his MD from University of Central Florida in 2019. He intends to pursue a cardiology fellowship and has a strong interest in medical education.

Kishan enjoys watching sports, reading, eating, and playing video games with his twin brother, Arjun.

After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan in 2021, Kishan started a fellowship in Colorado.



House Officer, Internal Medicine

Email: xieje@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-844-5400


Jeff grew up in Saline, MI and attended the University of Michigan, receiving his BS in Neuroscience in 2013. He then attended the University of Toledo, where he completed his MD/PhD in 2019. He subsequently returned to the University of Michigan to begin his Internal Medicine residency.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing golf, watching sports and spending time with his family and friends.

After working with the Hayek Lab on clinical research through the COVID19 pandemic, Jeffrey decided to pursue his basic science interests the University of Michigan. Jeffrey is planning on pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology.




Medical Student, class of 2023

Email: bgud@med.umich.edu



Born and raised in Michigan, Bhavna received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Wayne State University in 2019, along with minors in Biological Sciences and Global Studies. In 2019, Bhavna enrolled in the University of Michigan Medical School. She is passionate about pursuing a career at the intersection of clinical medicine, public health, and health policy.

In her free time, Bhavna enjoys traveling, painting, and watching college football (Go Blue!) She also loves playing tennis and trying new restaurants (when there’s not an ongoing pandemic).

After finishing medical school, Bhavna hopes to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine.